Archivi tag: Japan

“we don’t care about music anyway” (fragments about noise in japan) – live @ tsukimiru


atsuhiro ito / optron / fragments 2007-2019

Atsuhiro Ito Live @ FORESTLIMIT (Tokyo 2019)


Diamond Version (Byetone & Alva Noto) + Atsuhiro Ito LIVE at EMAF TOKYO 2013 @LIQUIDROOM


Atsuhiro Ito

: V.R. Specter 
- visible sound, audible light
December 1 – December 16, 2012
@ Snow Contemporary (Tokyo):


from SHIFT (a 2011 interview to Atsuhiro Ito by Julie Murikawa,
Atsuhiro Ito “crafted an instrument called the “OPTRON,” which outputs noise from the electrical discharge of a fluorescent light, when he was working on fluorescent light art exhibits in the 90’s. He plays the OPTRON not only as a solo act but also with other musicians both in Japan and overseas”.

An excerpt from the interview:

Why did you want to be an artist? Could you tell us the process of becoming an artist?

This is a problem of wording, but I have never been wanted to become an “artist.” (To me, it is hard to understand what people in this country want to achieve by becoming artists. It almost seems like the word “artist” itself can impress people. I know that it is a very convenient word to explain what people do though.)

In my case, rather than trying to contribute to the world, I’m more interested in creating things with my own hands and playing and listening to sounds. Since I have never stopped doing this, people started to think that this person might be an “artist” and refer to me as such. I have never really added any meaning or social contributions to my art and performances, and will continue to create and perform just because the visual and audible joy and stimulation keep me excited. By the way, my social positions are ‘an art creator and an OPTRON player.’


If you were not an artist, what would you be instead?

I don’t even know. Maybe a criminal or something. I bet that I’d be making a little better money than my current situation.

* Continua a leggere

march 11th, 2011: earthquake, tsunami, fukushima (from nhk world)

3/11 – The Tsunami: The First 3 Days





vou: visual poetry tokyo, 1958-1978

Sandro Ricaldone

Visual Poetry
edited by Taylor Mignon
Isobar Press, 2022

Taylor Mignon has lived in Tokyo for many years, and during that time he has built up an important collection of copies of the avant-garde magazine VOU, edited by the legendary Kitasono Katue. Although the magazine, originally founded in 1935, had long included visual images (the earliest one reproduced here dates from 1958), in the decade or so before Kitasono’s death in 1978, the magazine became notable for the amount and quality of visual poetry it printed. VOU: Visual Poetry, Tokio, 1954–1978 is Taylor’s selection of work by nine leading contributors, along with his commentary on the poets and Eric Selland’s introduction placing the work in its historical, cultural and political context.

From Eric Selland‘s Introduction to the book: This long-overdue publication fills a gap in the understanding of postwar Japanese poetry and the role of visual poetry in the avant-garde of Japan’s postwar period. It is a highly welcome book. The VOU Club was a group of outsider poet-artists with their roots in Japan’s Modernist avant-garde of the 1930s who were an active part of Japan’s tumultuous 1960s and 1970s.…The work included in this selection has been cared for and preserved by Taylor Mignon and a handful of other people without whose efforts it would have fallen into oblivion. It is hoped that this publication will bring about more awareness of Japan’s dynamic experimental tradition in poetry during the twentieth century.